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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: Barack Obama

Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama
Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama / Pete Souza.
Pete Souza, photographer;
January 13, 2009.
Prints and Photographs Division.

First Inauguration - January 20, 2009 | Second Inauguration - January 21, 2013

First Inauguration - January 20, 2009


  • Largest attendance of any event in the history of Washington, D.C.
  • Largest attendance of any Presidential Inauguration in U.S. history.
  • First African American to hold the office of President of the United States.
  • First citizen born in Hawaii to hold the office.
  • Highest viewership ever of the swearing-in ceremonies on the Internet.
  • First woman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, to emcee the ceremony.
  • First inaugural webcast to include captioning.
  • First swearing-in ceremony to include an audio description.








Inaugural Ceremony, Congressional Record
(PDF, 195 KB)
Inaugural Ceremony.
Congressional Record - Senate (Vol. 155, No. 11),
S667 - S670.
January 20, 2009.
Congressional Record.

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Second Inauguration - January 21, 2013


Inaugural Bible used for Obama's first and second iinauguration
Inaugural Bible used for Lincoln's first inauguration (Also used for Barack Obama's first and second inaugurations).
March 4, 1861.
Gift of Mrs. Robert Todd Lincoln.
Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

Inaugural Ceremony Congressional Record
(PDF, 240 KB)
Inaugural Ceremony.
Congressional Record - Senate (Vol. 159, No. 7),
S183 - S187.
January 22, 2013.
Congressional Record.

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* This information is based on a compilation by the Office of the Curator, Architect of the Capitol, Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, from contemporary accounts and other sources. Additional research provided by Library of Congress staff.

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